Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes on police HQ kill 45

May 28, 2015
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San Jose Mercury News    

"Saudi-led airstrikes struck a headquarters for police commandos in Yemen's capital Wednesday, killing at least 45 people gathered there to prepare to fight against forces loyal to the country's exiled president, Shiite rebels [sic] said. ... The attacks are part a military campaign launched March 26 to try and restore [former] President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, now living in exile in neighboring Saudi Arabia." (05/27/15)

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Yemen: Fighters backing former government take southern city

May 27, 2015
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Virginian-Pilot    

"Fighters backing Yemen's exiled [former] government captured a key city on the road to the port city of Aden, officials said Tuesday, the pro-government forces' first significant victory since a Saudi-led coalition began targeting Shiite rebels [sic] in airstrikes. The fighters took Dhale, home to the command center of the 33rd Armored Brigade, the country's largest army unit that had been loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh has backed the rebels [sic], known as Houthis, in their power grab across Yemen that began last September." (05/26/15)

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Iraq: Regime launches operation to drive Islamic State from Anbar

May 27, 2015
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Uniontown Herald-Standard    

"Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a major military operation to drive the Islamic State from the western Anbar province and retake the Sunni heartland where the extremist group captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month. The operation is backed by Shiite militias and Sunni pro-government fighters, the Iraqi state TV reported, without providing further details. There was no indication of any immediate movements on the ground following the announcement." (05/26/15)

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Afghanistan: Four Taliban gunmen killed after attack on Kabul guesthouse

May 27, 2015
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Reuters    

"Four Taliban insurgents armed with assault rifles and a grenade launcher stormed a guesthouse in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital overnight and held out for hours until they were killed by government forces early on Wednesday, officials said. No casualties other than the attackers were reported, Afghanistan's deputy interior minister General Ayoub Salangi said. Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the guesthouse was owned by a prominent Afghan political family that includes Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani." (05/27/15)

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Mali: Militants kill Bangladeshi UN peacekeeper

May 27, 2015
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The Daily Star [Bangladesh]    

"A Bangladeshi on UN peacekeeping mission was killed and another sustained bullet injuries in militant gunfire in Mali's capital Bamako yesterday evening. The deceased is Sainik Shree Nilkanto Hajong while the injured is Sainik Sirajul Islam, says a press statement floated by the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR). Gunmen shot the two Bangladeshi peacekeepers, who were on board a jeep of Bangladesh Transport Contingent at Bamako, around 7:00pm on Monday local time." (05/26/15)

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NYT trumpets US restraint against ISIS, ignores hundreds of civilian deaths

May 26, 2015
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"The New York Times this morning has an extraordinary front-page article claiming that the U.S. is being hampered in its war against ISIS because of its extreme -- even excessive -- concern for civilians. 'American officials say they are not striking significant -- and obvious -- Islamic State targets out of fear that the attacks will accidentally kill civilians,' reporter Eric Schmitt says. ... But there's one rather glaring omission in this article: the many hundreds of civilian deaths likely caused by the U.S.-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria." (05/26/15)

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Kenya: Al Shabab ambushes police, kills at least 10

May 26, 2015
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Several Kenyan police officers were killed overnight Monday in an al-Shabab ambush on a village near Garissa, the scene of last month's deadly attack on a university which claimed 148 lives. Locals said at least ten police officers had died, though Kenyan media said the number of casualties could be more than 20, in the attack on Yumbis village, 70 km (45 miles) north of Garissa. Some of the policemen were killed in a shootout with members of the al-Shabab terrorist group, while others were killed when their vehicle struck landmines planted by militants, their military spokesman said." (05/26/15)

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Why Congress shouldn’t authorize the war on ISIS

May 25, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Passing a new authorization to endorse an ill-conceived and unnecessary war nine months after it began isn't going to 'provide adequate oversight' or 'clearly articulate the long-term strategy for the fight against the Islamic State.' Congress has no interest in providing the former and has no more of an idea what the latter is than the administration does. As I've said many times, it was a mistake for the U.S. to intervene in Iraq and Syria last year. Congressional authorization obviously can't fix that mistake, but it would legitimize what has thus far been an unauthorized and illegal military action." (05/22/15)

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The world isn’t better off because of the Iraq war

May 22, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"The hawkish argument that 'the world is better off' because of the Iraq war isn't just obviously false, but it's the sort of desperate ends-justify-the means claim that only ideologues and propagandists find compelling. If we take Iraq war dead-enders at their word that they think the world is better off, this just confirms that they have no understanding of the consequences of the war they supported." (05/21/15)

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Yemen: Saudi invaders shell aid office, killing five refugees

May 22, 2015
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"Saudi shells hit an international humanitarian aid office in northern Yemen on Thursday, killing five Ethiopian refugees and wounding ten, a local official said. Artillery fire and air strikes hit the town of Maydee along Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia in Hajja province, a stronghold of the Houthi militia that a Saudi-led Arab alliance has been bombing for eight weeks." (05/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ld43ewn  

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Iraq debate

May 22, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Mike Luckovich  

Cartoon. (05/19/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/iraq-debate/  

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Egypt: Islamic State vows attacks against regime judges after state employees kill six

May 21, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"The leader of an Islamic State affiliate in Egypt has vowed to kill judges and security forces in retaliation for the execution of six suspected militants earlier this week. Abu Osama el-Masri, the leader of the group calling itself the Sinai Province, made his threat in an audio message posted Thursday on social networking sites." (05/21/15)

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Libya: Gaddafi’s home town Sirte falls to Islamic State

May 21, 2015
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"Standing guard at his frontline post, Libyan soldier Mohammed Abu Shager can see where Islamic State militants are holed up with their heavy weaponry less than a kilometre away. The militants have effectively taken over former dictator Muammar Gaddafi's home city of Sirte as they exploit a civil war between two rival governments to expand in North Africa. ... Libya, which has descended into near anarchy since NATO warplanes helped rebels overthrow Gaddafi in a 2011 civil war, is now the third big stronghold for the Sunni Islamist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, which declared a Caliphate to rule over all Muslims from territory it holds in Syria and Iraq." (05/21/15)

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Syria: Gathering momentum, Islamic State takes control of ancient Palmyra

May 21, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Islamic State seized full control of both ancient and modern Palmyra in central Syria on Thursday, just days after it captured a provincial capital in neighboring Iraq, suggesting momentum is building for the ultra-hardline group." (05/21/25)

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Bad intelligence

May 21, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Pat Bagley  

Cartoon. (05/19/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/bad-intelligence/  

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Jindal wants to start another war

May 20, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Bobby Jindal is worried that all the Iraq war talk of late is distracting us from the important business of fear-mongering about Iran: 'Every minute we spend arguing about what should, could, or would have happened in Iraq a dozen years ago is a minute our nation is not talking about what must happen about Iran now.' In other words, Americans are spending far too much time talking about the last hawkish foreign policy debacle that they can't focus on how to create another one. After all, why should we get hung up on the last disastrous war when we can start planning the next reckless intervention? This is Jindal's idea of a clever response to the recent arguments over the Iraq war, which tells you most of what you need to know about his foreign policy views and his judgment." (05/20/15)

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Iraq: Regime deploys tanks as Islamic State tightens grip on Ramadi

May 20, 2015
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Eyewitness News [South Africa]    

"Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront Islamic State fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers. ... The White House said a US-led air campaign would back multi-sectarian Iraqi forces in their attempt to regain Ramadi, whose fall exposed the limits of US airpower in its battle against the radical Sunni Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria." (05/20/15)

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Beyond rehabilitation

May 20, 2015
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Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"Ever since GOP candidates started getting the 'Knowing what we know now ...' question about Iraq, I've started seeing little rumblings of a narrative where Bush The Lesser was a victim of bad intelligence from the CIA. Fortunately, TAC, among others, is doing yeoman's work in responding to that absurd narrative. Nonetheless, I fear that the story will not end here. I am not comfortable making any predictions about who will win either party's nomination next year, but at least one party (and maybe both) will likely have ample reason to push a narrative of 'The problem is that we didn't know ...'" (05/19/15)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2015/05/19/18670  

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Afghanistan: Four dead, 24 wounded in attack on Justice Ministry

May 20, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"A suicide bomber struck the parking lot of Afghan's Ministry of Justice Tuesday, killing four and wounding at least 24, officials said. The bomber forced his way into the facility before detonating himself amid the vehicles of ministry workers, Ministry of Information spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told NBC News." (05/19/15)

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About those US troops who died in Ramadi

May 20, 2015
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"My hunch is that at least some of the family members of all those dead Americans are thinking to themselves, 'Okay, ISIS now controls Ramadi. But at least my loved one died so that Americans can be free.' Of course, that's easier than thinking that they died for nothing. But the fact is that they did die for nothing." (05/19/15)

http://fff.org/2015/05/19/u-s-troops-died-ramadi/  

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The new lie about Iraq

May 19, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Jon Basic Utley  

"The newest lie about the Iraq war is that the truth about Iraq was not known before the American attack in 2003. One needs only to search for 'lies about Iraq' to see all the many links explaining evidence from before the war started that showed the Bush/Cheney/neoconservative claims to be false. That false narrative is important to know because many of the same people are now promoting war with Iran, as they were before with Syria. Republican candidates are also stumbling over the question of whether they would have invaded Iraq because it undermines their present, ongoing promotion of an interventionist foreign policy." (05/19/15)

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Jeb Bush learned nothing from Iraq

May 19, 2015
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Among Republicans, there has never been much interest in acknowledging what a catastrophe the Iraq war was. In 2012, Rick Perry said the U.S. should send troops back to Iraq. In 2008, Mike Huckabee was still insisting Hussein might have had WMDs .... In 2012, Mitt Romney affirmed, 'It was the right decision to go into Iraq.' Some current candidates have been a bit less enthusiastic. Ted Cruz tiptoed, noting that WMDs were the reason for our invasion. 'Without that predicate, it is difficult to imagine the decision would have been made to go into Iraq, and that predicate proved erroneous,' he said, in a masterpiece of sterile verbosity. Marco Rubio said he would not have attacked Iraq based on today's knowledge -- though in March, he defended the invasion. But neither they nor any of the others -- with the obvious exception of Rand Paul -- have renounced the basic worldview that produced it. The Republicans almost unanimously favor an aggressive stance based on brawny slogans and an assumption of American omnipotence." (05/1815)

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Jeb Bush and Dubya

May 19, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by John Cole  

Cartoon. (05/17/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/jeb-bush-and-dubyah/  

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Ukraine: Regime to prosecute “Russian soldiers” abducted from neighboring Lugansk People’s Republic

May 18, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Ukraine says it will prosecute two men it claims are elite Russian soldiers captured fighting in [the Lugansk People's Republic, parts of which are occupied by Ukrainian forces]. The two wounded men were seized in the town of Shchastya, almost 30km (19 miles) from the Russian border. The head of Ukraine's security service has told the BBC there is proof the men are Russian troops. Russia said the two men were no longer serving soldiers. [LPR troops] said the men are [from the LPR]." (05/18/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32788413  

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Five rules for an age of terrorism, nuclear weapons

May 18, 2015
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David Boaz Cato Institute
by David Boaz  

"In this 15th year of war in Afghanistan, as the United States is becoming further entangled in military conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, we need a serious debate about whether we want to be permanently at war. We can start by noting a few simple rules about war and foreign policy. First, war kills people. Especially in the modern world, it often kills as many civilians as soldiers. War cannot be avoided at all costs, but it should be avoided wherever possible. Proposals to involve the United States -- or any government -- in foreign conflict should be treated with great skepticism. Second, war creates big government." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lmv7ncq  

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